A federal appeals court refused to adopt what it called a “major change in the law,” reversing dismissal of a class action based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal jurisdictional ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down the defense argument that the jurisdictional limits imposed by the Supreme Court’s 2017 decision, in a case that involved a mass action, apply to a nationwide class action. Wednesday’s decision, the first of its kind by an appeals court, comes one day after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit punted on the same issue in a similar case.

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